You've probably already heard of Reddit's famed #AMA, or, "Ask Me Anything" series where they invite notable people and celebrities and host an open forum for the public to ask them anything they want, well every Tuesday we going to ask our social media friends and followers to ask us anything. Every Wednesday we'll post the answers to those questions right here on our blog - we like to call it #AskMintAnything. The questions asked yesterday ranged from serious to joking, so here goes nothing!
Thomas H. : "What Is Love?"
Amanda E.: "What's the worst wedding reception you've ever had?"
Mint: This one is a tough one because while some parties are obviously BIGGER and BETTER than others we've never really had a bad, bad one. I have seen some really odd things happen at weddings over the years, here are two:
- The Wedding Party Fight. I was DJing a wedding about ten years ago in the Ramada Atrium in State College. The wedding was a BLAST. Everyone was dancing, singing along - quite the perfect wedding up until this point. The thing that I always found strange about the atrium in the Ramada is that it's surrounded by hotel rooms. At some point in the evening (I want to say around 10PM) a random hotel guest asked me to turn down/turn off the music because he was trying to sleep. While I empathized with him, I'm getting paid to rock a party for my clients, so I told him he'd have to take it up with the hotel. Unfortunately he wasn't a fan of that answer and began to get belligerent. A few of the groomsmen noticed the altercation, approached the DJ table and the situation escalated to those groomsmen physically removing the unruly hotel guest from the area. I'll never know for sure what happened in the parking lot that night, but I've heard stories and they weren't pretty.
- The Toast from Hell. Back when I first started DJing weddings it was fairly commonplace to offer up the microphone to guests in attendance for words of encouragement and congratulations after the Best Man and Maid of Honor had given their toasts. I don't do this anymore and here's why... A young woman that was a good friend of the bride in attendance at this particular wedding asked for the microphone for what seemed to be an innocent congratulatory speech. Nope. What proceeded to happen was the worst imaginable thing, ever. Apparently the groom and this young lady had been partaking in an extra-pre-marital affair for the past few years and she decided to make it public. Exit, wedding. Enter, Maury Povich. (Note: despite this revelation, the reception actually went on as planned and everyone seemingly had an amazing time. I never quite understood that.)
Amanda E.: "What are some trends you're seeing on the east coast?"
Mint: As far as wedding trends, #hashtags are the thing and have been since last year. I can't remember the last wedding I've done without it's own dedicated hashtag. You know it's a big thing when WeddingWire has a page solely dedicated to creating your own wedding hashtag. Other wedding trends I'm seeing are rustic style venues, locally we've got General Potter Farm which is a gorgeous, very customizable place to have a reception. Another trend I'm seeing are brides and bridesmaids having a second or even third dress for late night dancing. We're also doing a lot of cocktail style receptions where the focus is on small plates, personalized craft cocktails and fun energy throughout the reception vs. the traditional sit down meal. Weddings definitely have loosened up. They still have an upscale elegance to them, but there far less templated then in the past and as someone who loves doing weddings and loves changing things up, I'm a fan.
On the nightlife and club side of things (since you didn't particularly mention weddings) I'm seeing a HUGE HUGE HUGE demise in EDM music. I don't think it's completely dying, but it's because very repetitive in that EDM producers seem to be all creating the same sound - so I'm seeing a re-emergence of hip-hop, mashups and throwbacks and really enjoying it. I'm not the kind of DJ that likes to get pigeon-holed into playing only one genre, so having crowds be open to a DJ that weaves in and out of genres and eras is a breath of fresh air.